Thursday, April 29, 2010




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Friends, friends, friends, please forgive me for not blogging in so long. I have thought of you often. I truly have thought of my fellow blogger friends who are always so kind to take the time and comment on my posts. I have thought of you and what you are painting these days or enjoying. My excuse is, Spring Break, then Easter, then, well, I got involved with our school carnival. During all of that, I would think of you and your dedication to your posts and your paintings. I have also been admiring all of the beautiful blooms around Dallas. First, the daffodils and tulips and now the azaleas and the irises and then an amazing show by the climbing roses all over town and now even the hydrangeas are starting to bloom. I didn't even name the anemones and poppies, dogwoods, pear trees and mexican red bulbs. How lucky am I! I have taken some photos, and although the weather has been amazingly beautiful, I have not sat for plein air painting. The irony is that tomorrow, my painting group is suppose to paint in Turtle Creek for a plein air painting session, but, it is suppose to storm all day.

The above photos are a sampling from the Dallas Arboretum and the Valley House Art Gallery (a must see, always fantastic art in a beautiful intimate garden/gallery). We went to Valley House for their "Garden Party". Great exhibit with hot dogs, lemonade and brownies!!!

The painting is of Highland Park Pharmacy in Dallas. I had painted this a while ago and I thought by now I would have done a more detailed pen and ink of the building. My friends showed it to the owner, who has since replied favorably. Either way, I still have a pen and ink on my list of this subject.

The last bit. It was our leader of our Bible study 40th birthday. I was thinking of various gift options. Then I remembered that she always commented on my paintings. I looked through my paintings and found one that I thought she would like. It always feels good to give, in the words of Mary Clayton, (Bible Study leader) give what you have.

Blogger friends, I can't wait to visit your sites and see what you have been doing! Much love and happiness.

4 comments:

  1. Hi, Liana...missed ya.. these are lovely photos from which I assume will come some gorgeous paintings. How wonderful of you to give yourself through your art to a friend. Happy Spring!

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  2. Oh, I love these photos. It makes me want to try painting them myself! Particularly the tulips and daffs, the way the light shines through, casting internal shadows against the translucent petals.

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  3. Charlotte, that is exactly why I took these photos. I love the translucency in the petals and also in leaves when you look up. However, when I try to capture this in watercolor, it just looks like I did something wrong. i am on my way to my painting group to paint inside because of the weather. I am going to attempt the daffodils and transparency.

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  4. Liana, the tulips have captured the sunlight so stunningly, they ought to be painted by you soon!

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